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October 9, 2013

Looking back: The Packard Proving Grounds

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Looking back: The Packard Proving Grounds

This photograph, taken in the summer of 1932, is from the Roberta Vincent Mocabee collection. Roberta is standing, with help from Jim Loucks, in front of her home, the Gate Lodge at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township. Roberta was born in Detroit in May of 1931. Her father, Charles Vincent, was the Proving Grounds manager. Roberta spent the first 10 years of her life at the Proving Grounds under the watchful eyes of her mother, her older sisters, her tutors, the gardener, the test drivers and Loucks, who was the site security guard.


Do you own a piece of history? Send us your historically significant photos from around town, and we may be able to feature them in an upcoming edition of Looking Back. Email your photos to Sarah Wojcik at swojcik@candgnews.com or call (586) 498-1029.